2010 Mas Martinet "Els Escurcons" Priorat
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Els Escurcons is pure Garnacha (since 2008) from a 600-meter altitude vineyard planted in 1999. Part of the wine aged in terracotta amphorae, which is the way to go for this wine in the future (100% since 2012, but in 2010 there was only one amphora and seven oak barrels). The nose has more red fruit than black, with notes of blood orange and licorice. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, lively acidity and freshness. It is both ripe and fragile, with good freshness. Drink 2014-2020. (LG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(All Garnacha, aged in a combination of oak barrels and amphoras): Brilliant ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes candied red fruits, Asian spices, lavender, smoky minerals and blood orange. Stains the palate with intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter with air. Pure, focused and expansive, closing with outstanding focus and smooth, harmonious, late-arriving tannins. This elegant wine is pretty gorgeous right now but has the depth and balance to age effortlessly. (JR)
Black cherry, plum, toast and light loamy flavors mingle in this firm red, tightly wound, with good balance and intensity. Should bloom with decanting. (TM)
Mid ruby. Smells darker fruited than the 2012. Chalky, dry and mineral on the palate, perhaps more chewy than the 2012 but still with that lovely dry finesse, strongly mineral. Seems to be maturing more slowly than the 2012, a little more closed. Broach now with food or wait a while. (JH)
Sara Perez, whose father Josep is one of the founding fathers of the modern-day Priorat D.O.Q., continues to learn and improve upon her already impressive benchmark Priorats. Whether doing the hard work and research in the vineyards, or experimenting in the cellar, Sara continues to make great strides at this important winery. As with other top 2010 Priorat bottlings, this is impressive now and should continue to improve for a while.